Sci-Fi enthusiasts would understand this post better than anyone.
But for those who don’t, the title refers to a starship in a science fiction universe, it could be Star Wars or Star Trek which have both used the phrase… which is in battle, and has been hard hit by enemy fire. So much so that the electronic force fields protecting the spacecraft are no longer in place, leaving the ship exposed and vulnerable to any attack.
I think this is how religion is sitting at this time.
Years ago, had I said anything to counter any religious view, I would have been called a “heathen” and made to sit in the corner for having “ridiculous” ideas.
I would have then pretended that I agree with religious views, but mainly to keep the peace, and I wasn’t the only one in this position, There must have been hundreds or even thousands like me, all around the World.
What a difference now.
I can say that I don’t believe in God, and automatically be supported by many, without having to give any reasons for my views.
Most have heard those reasons from others anyway, does it need repeating?
People are openly talking about atheism and science like never before.
Religion has lost its power to contain these ideas.
The shields are down in some areas of the ship, weakened in others, holding fast in some places… but there is no doubt that the ship is crippled.
The ships passengers are in a state of panic, you can tell by the way they desperately argue with those of us who are backed up by facts, they have no facts to plug their holes with, and they lack their power to frighten us with their mythology anymore.
Would I feel victorious, as an atheist, if I saw the ship explode?
I don’t know.
Because although we tried very hard to get the religious to see things as they are, It’s never a good thing for a person to feel they’ve spent their lives on something that simply wasn’t true, or was never going to work.
But if you do come over to our side, you will:
* Be supported
And much more, life will go on pretty much as before, so don’t worry. :)